What We Do
We improve the quality and availability of health education for health workers and the public. Global collaboration is at the heart of our work.
Expanding access to effective health education is essential to improving health equity. Whether training community health workers to treat common childhood illnesses, explaining danger signs during pregnancy to new mothers, or combatting myths against vaccination over social media, we are committed to tackling the major drivers of death and disease through education.
Health Education Design
Co-creating engaging, evidence-based, and actionable health education.
We equip health workers and community members with health information that can save lives.
We support hybrid learning initiatives, creating in various formats including videos, job aids, and text message scripts to meet the device and data needs of our end users. We focus on:
QUALITY: We work closely with community-based groups, ministries of health, and other stakeholders to ensure that the materials we create reflect real-life circumstances and have practical applications. All of our resources are grounded in scientific evidence and vetted by Stanford Medicine experts.
ACCESS: Our materials are open-access and platform-agnostic, free for anyone to use on any device, online and offline. We translate complex medical information into understandable and engaging content, emphasizing visual formats to overcome literacy and language barriers.
SCALE: The materials we create do not live in a vacuum. We believe education and training resources can and should be shared across organizations. We balance localization with adaptability to ensure the content we create with one community can be cost-effectively modified to resonate with others.
"One of our goals is to free up on-the-ground community health organizations’ resources for training and caring for patients and clients. Every organization shouldn't have to be writing and illustrating educational materials - it’s more efficient to share resources."
Research and Evaluation
Advancing community health education.
What barriers to vaccination exist, and how can they be overcome? Do mothers change their breastfeeding practices after watching educational videos with a counselor? How can we better develop online training to help low-resource settings prepare for the next pandemic?
These are the types of questions we investigate at Digital Medic, and we believe the answers strengthen the quality and availability of health education as a whole.
We work with organizations worldwide to identify opportunities for improvement in health learning models. From smaller-scale case studies to large-scale randomized evaluations, we use quantitative and qualitative methods to rigorously evaluate health worker training and community education.
"Digital done better for everyone - that's one of the main things we're working toward in the field of health education."
Success comes from working together.
We cannot accomplish our mission alone. We build lasting relationships with community-based organizations, ministries of health, multinational agencies, and other groups on health education design and evaluation projects.
Our teams are based in Stanford, California and Cape Town, South Africa. We have a global network of collaborators and work wherever critical health information gaps exist.